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As A Producer, Ric Ocasek Was Often Just What Bands Needed

Twenty-five years ago, a not-insignificant segment of music fans learned about the greatness of the Cars via Weezer's self-titled debut, widely known as "The Blue
Annie Zaleski | September 16, 2019 - 3:55 pm

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Ric Ocasek Was One Of Pop’s Great Mad Scientists

Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. That's how the Cars introduced themselves on their very first single, the immortal 1978 banger "Just What I Needed." That song,…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 3:03 pm

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At 16 Hours, Ken Burns’ Country Music Ain’t Nearly Long Enough

There's a moment three episodes into Ken Burns' new eight-episode/16-hour binge-doc Country Music when I had to hit pause. Ernest Tubb, an up-and-coming country crooner…
Stephen Deusner | September 13, 2019 - 12:30 pm

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The “Nurse With Wound List” At 40: A Beginner’s Guide

Released 40 years ago, in 1979, and expanded in 1980, the "Nurse With Wound List" has cast a long, indelible shadow for experimental music fans…
Christopher R. Weingarten | September 10, 2019 - 1:47 pm

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It’s Been 20 Years Since Robbie Williams Failed To Take America

Arriving at the Los Angeles home of former '90s boy band singer Robbie Williams in early 2008, journalist and author Jon Ronson was greeted by…
Ian King | September 6, 2019 - 3:37 pm

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Sleater-Kinney Still Kick Fucking Ass

It brings me great pleasure to report that Sleater-Kinney are a still a motherfucking all-destroying beast of a live band.
Tom Breihan | September 6, 2019 - 1:37 pm

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Rubberband, Man: Digging Into Miles Davis’ Newly Unearthed Lost Album

In 1955, Miles Davis signed with Columbia Records. For the next 30 years, the label rode with him through a series of artistic evolutions, from…
Phil Freeman | September 5, 2019 - 12:52 pm

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The Dream Of 2010 Is Alive At E Zoo

The early 2010s EDM boom hit while I was in high school. I grew up in a suburb outside of Washington, DC, where nights were…
Julia Gray | September 4, 2019 - 4:10 pm

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Vaporwave Finally Makes An IRL Connection At 100% ElectroniCON

"I just watched the Fyre Fest doc," George Clanton tells me backstage near the start of his own potentially madcap takeover of Brooklyn's enormous three-room…
Miles Bowe | September 3, 2019 - 2:56 pm

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At Pasadena Daydream, The Cure Showed Why Their Legacy May Never Disintegrate

Used to be there was an unwritten rule in music criticism: Only employ "Beatles-esque" as a last resort. I mean, this band virtually created pop…
Ian Cohen | September 2, 2019 - 2:55 pm

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The Untold Story Of The Creepy Charles Manson Song In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The first time we glimpse Charles Manson's female followers in Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited Manson Family epic, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, they don't exactly…
Zach Schonfeld | August 22, 2019 - 11:09 am

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I Am The Champion Of Queen + Adam Lambert

"Can you guys believe that we've been performing together for eight years now?" No, I cannot believe it, Adam Lambert! The facts check out, though:…
Chris DeVille | August 14, 2019 - 4:26 pm

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Childish Gambino Draws Biggest-Ever Crowd To Outside Lands

Since the beginning of Childish Gambino, I’ve tried to meet Donald Glover where he’s at. Across his career, the TV-writer-turned-TV-star-turned-rapper has released a string of…
Pranav Trewn | August 11, 2019 - 3:33 pm

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Twenty One Pilots Defied Categorization At Outside Lands 2019

I first came to Outside Lands six years ago. My first music festival, the experience was defined as much by what I didn't yet know…
Pranav Trewn | August 10, 2019 - 1:31 pm

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Robyn And Charli XCX Closed Pitchfork 2019 With A Night Of Left-Of-Center Pop

Over the course of its three days, Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 had a good amount of variety. Though fans of heavier music or more experimental…
Ryan Leas | July 22, 2019 - 11:44 am
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